MESSAGE FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR
March is such a "happening" month here at the Home as we celebrate two very special occasions with the residents. On March 5th, we host our annual Mardi Gras party where we choose a king and queen from among the residents. Speculation runs high as the time for the announcement of the winners approaches, with much laughter and smiles all around. Then, on March 15th, we will share in the "wearing of the green" as we enjoy a St. Patrick's Day Happy Hour. It is always such a treat to spend time in social activities with all of the residents.
It is equally important to recognize the loyalty of the remarkable staff here at the Home. We will shortly be paying tribute to our staff where individuals are honored for their years of service to the residents. The breakdown for recognition at this ceremony is for individuals who have completed one year of employment, five years, ten years, fifteen years and so on. We do have a staff member this year who will be honored for 30 years of dedicated service. Thank you to Sonja Angus in the Nursing Department! And a big welcome to our newest staff...Sonnja Brown, our Food Service Director extraordinaire, and Carly Ballard, Social Worker, in the Social Services Department.
We must also remember how important the health and physical well-being of this wonderful staff is to the continued high quality of care they provide. In keeping with this, all staff now has the option to join a wellness program with WW, which comes to the Home each week. We have also begun offering Zumba classes every Tuesday, led by our multi-talented Director of Admissions.
And finally, just another reminder that the Home is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, which is quite a milestone! Ward Orem, our CEO, has been here for 40 of those years and a member of the Tobriner family has served on our Board of Directors since the Home's inception. Please save the date for our May 23rd annual gala. I hope March "goes out like a lamb" and that we all have a warm, beautiful spring.
SAVE THE DATE
80TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Thursday, May 23rd
5425 Western Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
Join us for a night of food, dancing, wine and beer in the tented gardens of the Home. Music by
the Chuck Brown Band, silent auction, resident artwork and much more.
For further information, contact Debra Lyle at
15TH ANNUAL SERVICE AWARDS RESCHEDULED
The 15th Annual Service Awards for the staff has been rescheduled for March 13th at 2:30 pm. A special note, Sonia Angus will be celebrating 30 years; Louise Walters, 25 years; Catherine Thomas and David Williams, 20 years; and, Yasinta Massay, 15 years of service. Many other staff will be acknowledged for 10, 5 and 1 years of service. Congratulations to everyone for helping to carry out the Home's mission of providing extraordinary health and life care services to our residents.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW SOCIAL WORKER, CARLY BALLARD
Several changes have taken place within the Home's Social Work Department. Jodi (Emch) Eyigor, who had been with the staff for nearly a decade, has embarked on a new career with LeadingAge, an organization focused on education, advocacy, and applied research in the not-for-profit aging services. Jodi was a wonderful resource and support to the residents and responsible parties. We wish her all the best in her new endeavor.
On an exciting note, we give a warm welcome to Carly Ballard, our newest team member. Carly will take on social work duties, sharing her office with Suzanne Dean, Social Worker, who has been with the staff for several years. Carly is a graduate of Catholic University with a Master's in Social Work. She has worked with Iona Senior Services and has experience with hospice and assisted living organizations. Please stop by the Social Work Office located in the lobby of the Home and say hello!
Carly Ballard, MSW
"TOP LADIES OF DISTINCTION" VISIT THE HOME
Members of the "Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.," including our own Reverend Dr. Vanessa Watson, paid a visit to the Home bringing small gifts such as socks and toiletries to the residents. The DC chapter is part of the national organization of "Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.," which was chartered in Texas in 1964 as a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization. They believe in investing in their community and have established chapters across the United States. We would like to thank them for taking an interest in the Home and the residents.
Members of the "Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc."
HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
THANK YOU TO OUR 80TH ANNIVERSARY
The John Dickson Home
The Henry and Annie Hurt Home for the Blind
The Elizabeth R. Shoemaker Home
Matthew and Joanne Tobriner
David and Connie Povich
L. Ward Orem
FY 2019 GRANTS
DC Commission on the Arts
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
The Elizabeth R. Shoemaker
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
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LLDHH designation numbers are:
United Way #8007